The chief executive officer of a jute mill was beaten to death allegedly by workers on the factory premises after he refused to agree to their demand on wages at Bhadreswar in Hooghly district.
HK Maheswari, CEO of North Brook Jute Mill, was beaten up by workers of the factory when he rejected their demand for an increase in the weekly working hours so that they are paid more, Hooghly Superintendent of Police (SP) Sunil Chowdhury said.
The workers were paid according to the hours put in by them.
The SP said that the workers met Maheswari at 11 am in his chamber and demanded that the weekly working hours be increased to 40 from the present 25, besides submitting a list of other demands.
The CEO’s refusal to meet the workers’ demands led to an altercation and the workers assaulted Mr Maheswari.
The CEO, who suffered serious injuries, was taken to a private nursing home where he succumbed this afternoon, SP Chowdhury said.